OUR MISSION:
St. Rita School inspires students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and faith-filled Catholic environment.
We prepare students to be morally responsible, innovative thinkers who, in today’s technology-guided global community, live and share the Love of Christ.
FROM THE DESK OF MRS. TIEZZI
Dear St. Rita Parents,
                                  
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. After a day of feasting, many of us spent the weekend getting ready for Christmas by shopping, decorating and more shopping. Somewhere between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we may have overlooked that next weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. 

The liturgical season of Advent is a time of "waiting" and preparing for the coming of Jesus. We often miss Advent's power because these weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of secular Christmas events and preparations for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning.

In the spirit of the Advent season, the St. Rita School community will be participating in a service project over the next few weeks. Each grade level has adopted a family from the parish Advent tree and will be collecting money to purchase the items on the family Christmas wish list. Your child’s classroom teacher will be sending you information about their particular family. We have suggested the student either “work” to obtain the money or donate from their own piggy bank. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will make the lives of those less fortunate more joyful.

 Other ways you can help support our school and its students is by participating in two events that will give back to our school. Today is #Giving Tuesday an international day of giving for non-profit organizations such as St. Rita School.  Also, today we are also launching our Shop with Script program.  Information about both of these events can be found on our website or Facebook page.
 
Would you and your family be willing to help decorate our school Christmas tree? Again, this year I would like each school family to share 1 family ornament for our school tree preferably one that bears your family name. Please send in an ornament over the next week to place on our tree. The ornament can be either handmade or manufactured but it should include your family name. After Christmas all ornaments will be returned to you (as long as they are labeled). Thank you for helping to make our Christmas tree reflective of our unified school community of St. Rita. 

Thank you for your continued generosity and for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a very joy-filled and peaceful week.  


God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi  


School News 
Ways to give!

A friendly reminder from your school nurse
   
Cold and flu season has arrived! As a result, we are seeing more and more students in the health office. Below is Hamden’s Health and St. Rita’s School policy regarding exclusion periods for sick children as well as preventative tips. Please adhere to these guidelines and take notes of the suggested habits. Let’s work together to keep our school community and our homes as healthy as possible.

Exclusion Periods:
 
Please do not send your student to school if he/she has or has had:

1. Fever over 100 F within the last 24 hours (must be fever free without medication)
2. Vomiting or Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
3. Continuous coughing not relieved with cough medicine
4. Strep throat. They may return after being on an antibiotic for 24 hours.
5. Please check with the school nurse or your doctor about other illnesses.
6. Please remember to notify the school nurse or front office if your child has a contagious illness.
7. If your child is sent home from school with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea they can not return to school for 24 hours or until they are symptom free for 24 hours.


Helpful Tips for Staying Healthy
 
1. Frequent hand washing is the BEST way to prevent and combat the spread of germs! Wash hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer. ( Sing the happy birthday song twice to wash long enough)
2. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use an elbow or arm if no tissue is available.
3. Do not share drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
4. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and drink lots of water and healthy drinks ( soda doesn’t count).
5. Avoid people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
6. Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (ex. Phones, keyboards, door knobs, toothbrushes).
7. Get your immunizations like the flu mist or shot.

For more information about the flu visit www.flu.gov
 
Sibling Registration

Registration for the
2019-2020 school year is now available to our SRS siblings. Please contact
Carissa Civitello for more information.
Our Pre-K classes fill up quickly- please apply soon to guarantee a spot!
Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions:

St. Margaret, Madison Wed, Nov. 28 at 6:00PM

The Hartford Yard Goats Educator of the Game Program
SAVE THE DATE:
December 11
Christmas Play K-3 at 1:15 in Church
December 11
Band and choir and gr. 4 and 5 concert at 6:30 in Church
Divine Mercy Parish - St. Stephen Church
Christmas Eve 4:30 PM
Family Mass
"She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn."  Luke 2:7
 
When :       Monday, December 24 at 4:30 PM at St. Stephen Church
Rehearsal : Sunday, December 23 at 10:00 AM following 9:00 AM Mass
 at St. Stephen Church
"GETTING TO KNOW YOU"
If you haven't sent in your "Getting to Know You" questionnaire, please email it to Joanne Bruno no later than Monday, November 19th. Thank you for your time!  

Crusaders Corner Store
LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR SPIRIT WEAR
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!

We are still seeking volunteers to help run the store. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Civitello.
Home and School Association
Wreath orders are due Wednesday, November 27. Please send in all money and order forms. Wreaths will be delivered December 7. The homeroom that sells the most wreaths will receive a dress down day!
CHECK OUT OUR NEW EVENTS!!!

WORDS ON WOOD
Can't make the event....?

Let Words on Woods make a sign of your choice for YOU!
Just in time for the holidays!
Email Danielle Natale to order!
Dinner with SANTA!
PAY AT THE DOOR!!!
We sold over $14,000 in products! Orders will be delivered on December 3rd.
Calling for volunteers! We’ve got some shoes to fill.
NEW LINK TO SIGN UP!!!!
 
The St. Rita School HSA would love to have you as a Parent Volunteer this year! There are various events and activities planned for this year that cannot happen without your support.

Your time and talents are needed for the continued success of our school. Even just one hour of volunteer time makes a great difference to the school community.
 
Please access the link below to view the events scheduled this year and sign up for any of the volunteer positions that are open.
 
Thank you for your continued support of our school!
  
HSA Executive Board
 
 
Athlete's Corner
Winter Sports Information
League Games will begin next week! 
2018-2019 Basketball Calendar
*subject to change/weather permitting
 
Parent volunteers will be needed at each game that is
being hosted at St. Rita School and Sacred Heart
Academy. We will need volunteers to run the scoreboard
and fill out the scorebook. Each parent should volunteer
for at least one game during the season, or we will not
be able to host games in the future. Please help
support the athletes!
 
To volunteer please email:
Trisha and Mike D’Errico
 
Reminder:
If your child is absent from school, they will not be
permitted to participate in any athletic
events (games or practice)
 
ASCS Christmas Classic Tournament
Please come out to support your team!
JV Boys 6 th  – Wednesday, 11/28/18 at 5:45
JV Girls – Saturday, 12/1/18 at 4:00
Games are played at All Saints
Catholic School in Norwalk.
 
**SAVE THE DATE**
Pep Rally is scheduled
for Thursday December 20 th
at 2:00.
All are invited
 
Check back here for all Athletic News
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Student Spotlight
Did your child/ren do something amazing? Share with us!
Please send submissions to
Please be patient as we receive many wonderful stories of our SRS students and Alumni!
Prayer Corner
Please keep the following SRS community
members in your thoughts and prayers



Father of Mr. Kendall Shanklin


If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Support SRS
Visit  amazonsmile.com , and anytime you purchase an eligible item, Amazon will donate a portion of the profit to our school! Select “Divine Mercy Parish
Corporation” as your charity, and St. Rita School will benefit every time you shop.


Link your Stop & Shop Card to St. Rita School, and we’ll earn CASH when you buy groceries! Click  here  and use School ID: 06434.
Link your ShopRite Price Plus card to St. Rita School, and help us earn school supplies! Click  here  and use School ID: 50073, or send your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether,  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
Rewards Program

Click HERE for a flyer with all of our rewards programs.

Does Your Company Offer Volunteer Grants? 
Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are corporate giving programs created to encourage volunteerism in communities where employees live and work.
Through these programs, companies provide monetary grants to organizations where employees volunteer regularly. 

Please take a moment and ask if your employer participates in a Volunteer Grants Program. Your time and talent at St. Rita School could turn into dollars for our school! Questions? Feel free to contact Joanne Bruno at  jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com .
Safety & Security Campaign
St. Rita School is committed to providing the safest environment for our students. Our goals are simple: kids, safety, and security. We make a commitment to our students and families that our school is an environment which focuses on educational, spiritual, and personal growth. Safety and security are non-negotiable elements. They are part of the growth that needs to happen, and with your support that growth can and will take place. Your support will help us supply protective window film, security cameras, and surveillance monitors. We can't secure the future without you. Please consider a gift today!
Caritas Christi Center
Congratulations to the Sisters of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the beatification of Blessed Mother Clelia!

UPCOMING DATES - 
November 30- Report Cards
December 5- Picture Re-Take & Sibling Pictures
December 7- First Friday Mass 8:45am
December 11- Band and Chorus concert & Christmas Play
December 20- Pep Rally 2pm
December 21- 12:15 Dismissal (No After Care)
December 24- January 1- Winter Break
January 2- Classes Resume


St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016